I am a professor of history at Harvard University, where I teach the history of the United States in the world and modern international history. I also direct graduate student programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and co-chair the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS). In addition, I co-edit a book series on Global and International History at Cambridge University Press.
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About My Research
My latest book, The Development Century: A Global History (2018), co-edited with Stephen Macekura, is a collection of cutting-edge essays that points the way toward a fully global, longue durée history of international development. My chapter in this volume, "Smallpox and the Globalization of Development," focuses on the World Health Organization's Smallpox Eradication Program (1965-1980) and what it tells us about the history of superpower relations, international development, and international organizations.
My current research seeks to take a fresh look at US visions for international order during World War II, particularly with regard to the Global South. Some preliminary findings from this work appeared as “The Fourth Policeman: Franklin Roosevelt’s Vision for China’s Global Role,” in Wu Sihua et al., eds., 開羅宣言的影響與意義 (The Significance and Impact of the Cairo Declaration) (2014). A broader essay on this topic, provisionally titled "The American Discovery of the Global South in World War II," is forthcoming in vol. III of The Cambridge History of America and the World.
I have also published extensively on the international history of the World War I era. My book, The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007), showed how U.S. attempts to transform international order in the wake of World War I helped to spark and shape upheavals across the colonial world in 1919, focusing on Egypt, India, China, and Korea. The Wilsonian Moment was widely reviewed and was published in Chinese and Turkish translations. I also edited, with Robert Gerwarth, the volume Empires at War, 1911-1923 (2014), which reframed the history of the Great War as a global war of empires and has been translated into seven languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Persian, and Turkish.
My longstanding interests in the conceptual, methodological, and historiographical questions related to international history are most recently explored in an essay on "International Society as a Historical Subject" (2020). My state-of-the-field essay on the history of the United States in the world in American History Now (2011) can be read here. A Chinese-language interview on the "Method and Practice of International History" (国际史的方法与实践) is here.
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